Last week, city officials announced plans to bring a large-scale water ride, adventure park, public plaza and arcade to Coney Island’s amusement district.
Central Amusement International, an amusement park planner and developer based in New Jersey, has been selected to build on 150,000 square feet of city-owned land, according to the city’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC).
“Coney Island is both a cherished summertime destination and an important economic engine for Brooklyn,” said EDC President James Patchett. “With these exciting new attractions and our ongoing investments in housing and infrastructure, Coney Island’s future has never looked brighter.”
The vacant land next to the Thunderbolt roller coaster will be turned into a new log flume and adventure park with a ropes course. There will also be public seating, landscape improvements and a public plaza where visitors can sit, eat and enjoy the views of the ocean.
EDC first released the request for proposals (RFP) last year to develop five parcels of land between Surf Avenue and the boardwalk.
“Recapturing the best of Coney Island’s past is a big part of the future at the People’s Playground,” Councilman Mark Treyger said in a statement. “This continues the revitalization of the amusement district, offering exciting new activities and attractions for residents and visitors alike to enjoy.”
Alessandro Zamperla, president of Luna Park, said by expanding the district by 50 percent, the park will be an even more attractive place to eat, play, and “escape the mundane.”
“A spectacular new portal with thousands of glorious lights will welcome guests as they arrive from the subway,” Zamperla said, “asserting Luna Park as one of the nation’s most dynamic amusement destinations that must be visited by New Yorkers and tourists.”